Should I file a cross-petition in a CPO case in D.C.?

May 21, 2019
CPO DC Graffiti

If you have been served with a civil protection order (CPO) petition in D.C. and you yourself are the victim of abuse, you can file for a CPO of your own.

Do I need a lawyer for a CPO hearing in D.C.?

May 19, 2019
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Although many people proceed without legal representation, a good lawyer can serve as your advisor and advocate, particularly if you decide to litigate the CPO.

Will expunged record show up in an FBI background check?

May 10, 2019
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

In most cases, the FBI will – as a courtesy – comply with a state court’s order to remove a criminal record from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).

Finding reasonable doubt in a domestic violence case

May 7, 2019

There is always a defense in domestic violence cases in Washington, D.C.

Difference between domestic violence and simple assault in D.C.

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A specific crime (e.g., simple assault) should not be confused with a general category of crimes (e.g., domestic violence).

A Farewell to Tolo

April 25, 2019

We were not the first tourists to visit the village of Tolo. But we were the first foreign family to spend a significant amount of time there — almost a year in 1972 followed by multiple summers. And… Read More

Can I expunge a criminal record for simple assault?

April 12, 2019

A criminal record for simple assault in D.C. can be sealed either immediately on the grounds of actual innocence or after two years in the interests of justice.  A conviction for simple assault can be sealed after eight years…. Read More

On finding out people have been plagiarizing this website

April 7, 2019

My website is making its comeback on Google. But I am troubled to find that people have been plagiarizing the site — in one case, whole paragraphs were lifted from my site and reproduced on someone else’s.

Will I have a criminal record after being arrested for prostitution in D.C.?

D.C. criminal defense lawyer

Everyone who has been arrested for a criminal offense in Washington, D.C. has some type of criminal record.  This would include being arrested for prostitution/sexual solicitation. 

Patience. Not drama.

April 4, 2019
D.C. criminal defense lawyer

At a recent trial, I called my client’s mother as our only witness.  I regretted this almost immediately. We had interviewed her. We had subpoenaed her. We had prepared her. And I should have left her sitting in the hall outside the courtroom as I rested my case.